verb (used with object), stung [stuhng] /stʌŋ/ or (Obsolete) stang [stang]; /stæŋ/; stung; sting·ing.
verb (used without object), stung [stuhng] /stʌŋ/ or (Obsolete) stang [stang]; /stæŋ/; stung; sting·ing.
- confidence game.
- an ostensibly illegal operation, as the buying of stolen goods or the bribing of public officials, used by undercover investigators to collect evidence of wrongdoing.
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Now, as female-founded businesses feel the sting of the pandemic, it’s up to these large institutional backers to get us to the next stage.Institutional investors must take action on diversity in venture capital|ehinchliffe|August 31, 2020|Fortune
While the company wouldn’t say how much revenue that equals or what base the growth was from, that lift had to take some of the sting out of cratering ad sales figures.How Hearst UK’s e-commerce revenue grew 322% during the second quarter|Lucinda Southern|August 21, 2020|Digiday
Schmidt has spent decades recording how painful he finds various stings.
People who blunder too close can get painful stings, says Bob Jacobson.
Less-quoted parts of this report from Japan point out that of the 15 people hospitalized for stings and discussed in the paper, those with fewer than 50 stings had a good chance of surviving.
Sting took over the lead role to try to draw an audience, but his thumpingly inspirational score was already the hero of the show.Hedwig, Hugh & Michael Cera: 12 Powerhouse Theater Performances of 2014|Janice Kaplan|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And unless Republicans start pursuing very different priorities in Congress, that prognosis could sting.
The “Sunday Mirror” says it was in the ‘public interest’ to entrap a Conservative MP in an elaborate sex sting.U.K. Tabloid Absurdly Claims ‘Public Interest’ Served in Politician’s Sex Sting|Lizzie Crocker|September 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Now Sting gets his turn, with this musical that he based on his own experiences growing up near a shipyard.Fall Broadway Preview: 'This Is Our Youth,' Bradley Cooper as ‘The Elephant Man,' and More|Janice Kaplan|September 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Strangely, he did this by diluting the sting of the ant scene.Whit Stillman on the 20th Anniversary of ‘Barcelona’, His New Amazon Series, and the Myth of the Ugly Expat|Michael Weiss|August 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The swift breeze seemed to Edna to bury the sting of it into the pores of her face and hands.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
We passed several large sting-rays asleep on the surface of the sea, which our people ineffectually endeavoured to harpoon.
Did still its thorn within my bosom lodge,As I the past recalled; but shame, indeed,Left not its cruel sting within this heart.The Poems of Giacomo Leopardi|Giacomo Leopardi
"Your bath is ready, sir," said a steward, and a minute later he felt the welcome sting of the cold salt water.The Everlasting Arms|Joseph Hocking
There is a sharp sting in my tongue, my jaws are gripped as by a vise, and my mouth is torn open.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist|Alexander Berkman
British Dictionary definitions for sting
verb stings, stinging or stung
Derived forms of stingstinging, adjectivestingingly, adverbstingingness, noun
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Idioms and Phrases with sting
see take the sting out of.